English Flageolet Fingering Charts

Introduction

Whilst most English flageolets had a least some keys, the numbers varied quite considerably, from a single D♯ key up to six to allow playing of all accidentals. I have therefore provided two sets of fingering charts: one for a keyless English flageolet (which is exceedingly rare in reality) and one with all six keys.

English flageolets vary quite considerably in quality of intonation. It may, therefore, be necessary to experiment with different keys to ensure that as many notes as possible are in tune. Some tend to blow quite sharp, suggesting a lowest note of E♭ rather than D when tuned to A=440.

The vast majority of English flageolets have a D as their lowest note, sometimes extended to a low C♯ and C♮ with the use of a key. The fingering charts have therefore been produced with this in mind and will need transposing for an English flageolet in G or B♭. I suggested a two-octave range for the instrument, though it is often possible to find fingerings that work into the third octave; these tend, however, to vary considerably between instrument.

Alternative Fingerings

In the charts below, I have suggested some alternative fingering. The F♮ is normally fingered as ●●●●○● but is rarely in tune. It is usually too sharp. Therefore, in slower passages, it may be helpful to flatten the pitch by using the little finger to half cover the bell.

The C♮ is usually best in tune when played as ○●●○○○ but, sometimes, the fingering of ○●○○○○ may work better.

On higher notes, usually from the second G upwards, it may help to half-cover the highest hole: ◐●●○○○ to assist over-blowing.

Keyless English Flageolet

Chart

Fingering chart for the Keyless English Flageolet.

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Keyed English Flageolet

Not all English flageolets with keys had all six and it is not uncommon to find one with one, two or three. In those circumstances, use a combination of the charts for the keyed and keyless instruments.

When playing on a six–key English flageolet, it is important to note that either but not both of the F♮ keys may be used.

Chart

Fingering chart for the 6 Keyed English Flageolet.

Diagram Showing the Location of the Keys

Diagram for the fingering chart for the 6 Keyed English Flageolet.

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